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SCFC Ladies Disability Team

SCFC Ladies Disability Team
Posted on February 03, 2016
Archive : February 2016
Category : iCount

Stockport County Community Foundation Ladies Disability team travelled to Manchester City’s recently built training complex to play against Manchester City Ladies Disability team. It was a fantastic match for both teams and a good showcase for women's disability football.

Stockport County Community Foundation remain committed to the grassroots level of disability football. Over the last five years we have seen our male adults teams go from strength to strength and now we have two teams that play regularly. Our under 16s team have also made huge strides forward over the last six months and have developed into a team that play as part of the Ability Counts Football Festival. However while our disability programme has undoubtedly blossomed there have been limited opportunities for female participants in the past. This is no longer the case thanks to the Grow the Game 3 year funding programme. This has given the Foundation more resources to be able to set up a ladies disability team and provide further opportunities to be part of the football club and the Community Foundation.

Stockport County Community Foundation team is made up mostly of girls who attend our weekly Pan Disability training session or girls from Stockport CP Society. Both organisations work together on a number of disability football projects. The girls have had a number of training sessions together and Foundation Coach Georgina Maume has put the girls through their paces and done an excellent job.

The match itself was played in the right spirit with both teams displaying some excellent football. In a tightly contested encounter, despite some great goals from Charlotte Neagle and Amy Lawson, County ladies narrowly missed out 5-3 on the night. However the score may have been different if not for a sterling goalkeeping display from the Manchester City goalkeeper who produced a number of fine stops on the night.

Disability Officer Jordan Raynes said "I was very proud to witness the girls playing on tuesday night some of whom have been involved in our disability programme for years without the real opportunity to play competitively and represent Stockport County. This is why it was such a special occasion for the girls. I must say that considering this was our first official match and against a well established side like Manchester City Ladies the girls did themselves proud and will only get better from here"

I would also like to thank Manchester City Disability Officer Paul Kelly for inviting us to their fantastic training facility and helping to make the Fixture possible.

Ian Lees, Chairman of the Foundation added "As a foundation we are 100% committed to the ethos of football for all and this has seen our disability programme grow from strength to strength"

If you would like to find out more about our disability programme please contact jordan.raynes@stockportcounty.com

 
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